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Lastly, their design allows for a saving in floor space. Generally a front load washer is physically smaller than an equivalent top loader. This can be important if space is restricted such as in an apartment.
Are there disadvantages to purchase of a front loader? Yes.
A front loader costs more. Typically prices range from $850 to $1700. Due to its inherent complexity repairing these machines can be expensive. Plus, not every service company has expertise required to repair them.
So before purchase get assurances from your salesperson that manufacturer has a local factory authorized service agent. One experienced at repairing this new generation of machines.
Finally, mature consumers should be aware that these washers are lower to floor. Consequently, they require more bending over to retrieve clothes than would a top loader. This could be a major consideration for anyone with back problems. Manufacturers have responded by offering bases that raise washer, but at an additional cost.
So if a washer replacement is in your future consider front loader as one of your choices. Like all major purchases it should not be an impulsive decision. Do your homework, ask lots of questions, and be prepared to hear varied answers and opinions. Base your choice upon what is best for you, your circumstances and particular needs. Only then decide whether spending extra money on a front load washer will be to your advantage.
Copyright 2005 by Donald Grummett. All right reserved. Donald Grummett has been in the trade over 30 years as a technician, business owner, and technical trainer. Visit http://www.mgservices.ca to learn more invaluable information about your appliances.